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Western Canada’s 12 Best Hot Springs

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Lussier Hot Springs (Photo: Tourism BC/Dave Heath)

With cool nights year-round in the Canadian Rockies and on Canada’s the west coast, a soak in a warm pool is a welcome end to a hard day on the trail or a bonus for surviving another work week. The lack of options in eastern Canada isn’t an oversight: the subterranean thermal activity that feeds the springs only exists out west. (more…)

9 Fabulous Fall Hiking Trails

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

One of our nine fabulous fall hiking trails: The Fundy Footpath (Photo: Dept. of Tourism & Parks, NB)

Head for the hills this fall and explore one of Canada’s many hiking trails, whether it’s tackling tough terrain on BC’s west coast or a slow sojourn on the Fundy Footpath (pictured). Well-trod trails accommodate any age or fitness level. Fall is an excellent time to get outside and capture the golden glow that softens the landscape. Proper hiking boots, water and snacks are a must. For organized outings with an experienced guide, contact cross-Canada hiking clubs or specific clubs in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, Alberta and BC.

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12 Inspiring Canadian Helicopter Tours

By MEGAN WILSON-SMITH

Mont Tremblant: One of our 12 inspiring helicopter tours (Photo: Tremblant Activity Centre)

Canada’s winding rivers, soaring cliffs, expansive fields and soaring skyscrapers can be seen from a hiking trail or a city sidewalk, but for a truly stunning panoramic view—to lose yourself in Canada’s beauty and awe-inspiring vistas—you must view it from above. We’ve compiled some of our favourite Canadian helicopter tours below—don’t miss these while you’re travelling!

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12 Quintessential Canadian Road Trips

By SHANNON KELLY

Trans Canada Highway, Alberta (Photo: Gord McKenna)

It’s time to think about planning your summer vacation, and if the open road is what you’re craving, Canada—with its stunning scenery and wide open natural beauty—has plenty of options. In fact, one of our best drives, the Banff-to-Jasper route (see Icefields Parkway) in the Rockies, was included in National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime book.

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Canada’s 10 Best Island Holiday Destinations

By KAT TANCOCK

Cape Breton Island (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism)

When we think of island vacations, the tropical always springs to mind: hot sun, sand, flip-flops and a fruity drink with an umbrella. But Canada has islands on offer, too, with a lot more to attract visitors than you might think. Here are 10 picks to consider for your next vacation.

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Canada’s Most Amazing Urban Hotel Rooftop Bars, Pools and Attractions

By SHANNON KELLY

Thompson Hotel in Toronto

Seeking an open-air oasis on your next urban vacation? Hotels in cities across the country are looking skyward for the next hot hotel amenity, including lush gardens, swimming pools with skyscraper views and even water parks.

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Canadian Ski Hills to Visit this Summer

By KAT TANCOCK

Mountain Coaster at Blue Mountain, Ontario (Photo: Marc Landry)

Just like Canada itself, our ski hills are equated with winter. But there’s so much more to explore at the country’s coolest ski spots in the sizzling summer months. Here are 10 places to visit while the weather’s warm.

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Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

By SHANNON KELLY

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac Park, NB (Photo: Tourism New Brunswick)

Last week the west coast got all the beachy glory. Now we head east to focus on the top beaches in the east: sandy Maritime playgrounds, windswept dunes, surfer spots and crystalline beauties on eastern Canada’s ocean- and lake-fronts. (more…)

The 13 Best Photos of Crasher Squirrel, Canada’s Famous Rodent

By BRITTANY HENDRY

The original Crasher Squirrel photo taken by Melissa and Jackson Brandts in Banff. The image of the squirrel has gone viral since it appeared on the National Geographic‘s website on August 7, 2009 (Photo: Melissa Brandts)

As they balanced their tripod to capture a photo of themselves in front of Lake Minnewanka four years ago, Minnesota couple Melissa and Jackson Brandts had no idea that their innocent photo opportunity in Banff National Park would turn into a world-wide internet sensation. In the few seconds between starting the camera’s timer and photo being snapped, an eager ground squirrel (now aptly known as the Crasher Squirrel) popped up in front of them to investigate the situation. The lens refocused on the Crasher Squirrel, and the furry creature took one step closer to stardom, thanks to its impeccable timing and  inexplicably humanistic reaction of awe. The couple posted the photo online and sent it to National Geographic and within days, the Crasher Squirrel appeared all over the web in hilarious Photoshopped pictures with politicians, celebrities and in unusual settings. The photo was even discussed The Today Show and inspired its own app—the Squirrelizer.

We don’t know where the Crasher Squirrel is now, but we do know that it has left its paw prints on our hearts. With the Crasher Squirrel’s four-year anniversary approaching, we wanted to celebrate Canada’s famous rodent with the best examples of the meme. Here they are—let us know your favourite!

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The original story and photo [CBC]
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The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

The Best Beaches of the Canadian West

By SHANNON KELLY

Tribune Bay Beach, BC (Photo: Tourism British Columbia)

We’re well into summer, and it’s time to get yourself beachside if you haven’t already. The best ocean- and lake-front beaches in the West may come as a surprise. First, they’re not all in British Columbia. (Though most are, since that province monopolizes Canada’s Pacific coast. Vancouver alone has 10 beaches!) Secondly, they’re not all hugging the southern border—some excellent northern lakes and oceanfront strands have made the list, too.

Check out Canada’s top beaches in British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta »

 RELATED: Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

19 of Canada’s Most Unusual Museums

by CARISSA BLUESTONE

Canada’s Most Unusual Museums: the world-famous Gopher Hole Museum (Photo: Colin Smith)

Did you know that Vancouver has an entire museum devoted to corkscrews, that diehard Anne Murray fans can devour every detail of her life and record a CD with her in Nova Scotia, or that a tiny town called Vulcan in the Alberta Prairies is home to a Star Trek–themed tourist “station”? From the über-Canadian to the downright kooky, these unusual, one-of-a-kind and just plain weird museums earn the moniker “cabinet of curiosities”.

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